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Joe Biden trounces Bernie Sanders in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi

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Joe Biden is now a near-certainty to take on Donald Trump in the US presidential race, after thumping wins in primary races today.

Joe Biden is now a near-certainty to take on Donald Trump in the US presidential race, after thumping wins in primary races today.

Mr Biden trounced rival Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary elections in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi.

The size of his win in the three states makes Mr Sanders' task of catching up close to impossible.

Joe Biden is now well ahead of Bernie Sanders in the delegate count.

Election results are still pending in North Dakota, Idaho and Washington.

But even with big wins in those states, he would still finish tonight well behind.

Speaking in Philadelphia, Mr Biden told supporters his campaign was "taking off".

"The character of the nation is on the ballot," he said.

"It's a comeback for the soul of this nation.

"I want to earn every single vote in every single state."

Mr Sanders, a senator from Vermont, did not speak in public to address his disappointing results.

But Mr Biden's conciliatory comments struck the tone of a winner consoling the loser.

"I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless energy and compassion," he said.

"We'll defeat Donald Trump. We'll defeat him together."

Joe Biden is the favourite to take on Donald Trump in November.

Mr Sanders, a senator from Vermont, did not speak in public to address his disappointing results.

Both Mr Biden and Mr Sanders had been due to hold rallies tonight, but they were both cancelled to minimise the potential spread of coronavirus.

As results came in, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang told CNN he was endorsing Mr Biden.

"The math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee," Mr Yang said.

"We need to bring the party together. We need to start working on defeating Donald Trump in the fall."

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At the current count, Mr Sanders got just 39 per cent in Michigan, 33 per cent in Missouri and barely 15 per cent in Mississippi.

Bernie Sanders cancelled an event today out of fears of coronavirus.

Biden's incredible turnaround

Just a month ago, pundits were giving Mr Biden's campaign the last rites.

He came in fourth place in the Iowa caucus, then fifth in New Hampshire.

A distant second in Nevada showed his campaign had some life to it, before he absolutely thrashed Mr Sanders in South Carolina.

Bernie Sanders was only able to win a handful of counties in Michigan and Missouri, but none at all in Mississippi.

In the days following, other moderate presidential candidates threw their support behind Mr Biden.

And on Super Tuesday last week, Mr Biden shocked prognosticators with wins in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas and Oklahoma.

He also romped home in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama.

As ballots were counted in Missouri, Mississippi and Michigan, it became readily apparent that black voters had roundly rejected Mr Sanders.

And the rural and suburban voters that had supported him in 2016 have swung decisively away from him.

It has now become clear that many people who voted for him in 2016 were in reality, only voting against Hillary Clinton.

Joe Biden's campaign surged in recent weeks, following a strong result in South Carolina.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/democratic-primary-results-in-michigan-joe-biden-beats-bernie-sanders-super-twosday/9860e537-8392-430c-b72c-71dc3c561326

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